Holland, also known as "The Land of Dykes," has come under attack by perhaps the most unpopular man in the World, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan, who is often memed as a cockroach, called the Netherlands the "Capital of Fascism" and said that he would make the Dutch "pay the price."
The slump in relations between the pot-smoking, gay-friendly, prostitute-windowing, bicycle-laning, tulip-growing liberal nation of 17 million and the carpet-selling, kebab-eating, ISIS-supporting, genocide-denying nation of 80 million happened after two Turkish ministers inconveniently showed up on the eve of Dutch Parliamentary elections, and tried to hold mass rallies of Turkish residents in Holland. Around 2.3% of Holland's population is Turkish.
The rallies were designed to raise support among overseas Turks for a referendum aimed changing the Turkish constitution (April 16th) so as to give President Erdogan more dictatorial powers.
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In short, the Turk rallies would boost support for the civic nationalist, anti-Islam Freedom Party of Geert Wilders, so they had to shut them down.
Luckily, the row that this kicked off between "Sultan" Erdogan and the Dutch government is having something of a Streisand Effect with more Dutch voters now being reminded that they are being colonized -- and not by the best people.
But it's not just the Dutch. The Germans have their own awkward election this September, with the soft-nationalist Alternative fur Deutschland Party threatening an electoral breakthrough.
After similar rallies were shut down in ever-so-tolerant Germany, Erdogan accused Germany of "Nazi practices," saying "I have said that I had thought that Nazism was over, but that I was wrong. Nazism is alive in the West," he said.